Both church and community members literally dug in recently to plant a new rain garden at Clackamas United Church of Christ, 15303 S.E. Webster Road, funded by a $4,400 grant from the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: LORI PROUTY - The Rev. Denise Andersen, Clackamas UCC pastor (standing), and Jean Hererra (kneeling in pink and yellow hat) also of CUCC, who spearheaded the rain garden, join community and church volunteers in completing the project.Erik Carr, a planner at the conservation district, led an informational seminar at the church on how people can build their own rain garden and learn about other ways to treat rainwater runoff. Organizers said the seminar was well-attended by the community, showing increased interest in clean-water conservation.

The UCC church, which shares its border with Ann-Toni Schreiber Park, and sits within the Kellogg Creek watershed, now has a natural way to collect, slow and filter runoff from its roof, and will be able to manage the water before it meets Kellogg Creek.

Clackamas UCC plans to continue with additional plantings in more areas on the church property throughout the next year, said church clerk Lori Prouty, who volunteered on the project.

Funding for most of the countywide special governmental district’s conservation projects, including the CUCC rain garden, is provided by a voter-approved tax levy passed in 2006, said Carr, the agency’s urban and community conservation specialist.

“Our funding helps both urban and rural landowners and also provides support for local farmer’s markets and watershed councils,” Carr said. “Our mission at Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District is to work cooperatively with willing landowners to help conserve natural resources for today and for future generations.”

Anyone interested in rain gardens can find resources on Email Erik Carr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a free landscape consultation.

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